The winners of 2010 AICPA Outstanding CPA in Government Award were announced at the AICPA Governmental Accounting and Auditing Update Conference on August 16, 2010.

The 2010 awardees are:



Russell Hinton  
 State Level      

Peter Hughes
 Local Level

Russell Hinton, CPA

Russell W. Hinton currently serves as the State Auditor for the State of Georgia.  Mr. Hinton was appointed to that position by Governor Roy Barnes on June 2, 1999 and was confirmed by the General Assembly in March, 2000.   The Office of the State Auditor was established by an act of the General Assembly in 1923 and is composed of the Executive Office of the State Auditor and ten divisions performing specific and separate functions to fulfill the duties of the State Auditor.  The Department of Audits and Accounts has expanded in both size and responsibility to include financial, performance, information technology and compliance audits for Georgia’s state agencies, colleges and universities, and local boards of education.

Mr. Hinton, a native Georgian, graduated with honors from the University of Georgia in 1974 and began his career with the Office of the State Auditor shortly thereafter.  He has performed financial audits of state agencies, universities and local education agencies during his tenure with the Department.  Prior to his appointment, Mr. Hinton served as the Director of the Professional Practice Division of the State of Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts.

In October, 2003, Mr. Hinton was appointed to a three year term of service on the Advisory Council on Government Auditing Standards by U. S. Comptroller General David M. Walker.  In January 2007, he agreed to serve a second three year term.

Mr. Hinton’s professional affiliations include the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants (GSCPA), the National State Auditor’s Association (NSAA), the National and Southeastern Intergovernmental Audit Forum, the State of Georgia Fiscal Management Council, and the Association of Government Accountants (AGA).

He has served as President of the Atlanta Chapter of the AGA, AGA Southeastern Regional Vice President, and completed a three year term on the AGA National Executive Committee in 2003.    He served for two years as Chair of the AGA Financial Management Standards Board, ending service in November, 2006.   Mr. Hinton was the recipient of the AGA National President’s Awards for promotion of the CGFM Certification and his leadership as Chair of the Financial Management Standards Board in 2003 and 2006, respectively.

Mr. Hinton served as President of the National State Auditor’s Association (NSAA) for the 2008-2009 program year and in recent years has served as Chair of NSAA’s Single Audit and E-Government Committees.  In June, 2003, he was elected to the Executive Committee of the National State Auditor’s Association, and in August 2007 was appointed to the Executive Committee of the National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurers (NASACT).

Peter Hughes, Ph.D., CPA

Peter M. Hughes, Ph.D., was appointed Director of Internal Audit by the Orange County Board of Supervisors in July of 1999. As Director of Internal Audit for the County of Orange, Dr. Hughes presently serves on the Information Systems Audit Advisory Committee and is the administrator of the Orange County Audit Oversight Committee.

Dr. Hughes acquired his doctorate in education at Oregon State University in 1990 and his MBA at the University of California Riverside. Additionally, he is a Certified Public Accountant and licensed in the states of California and Oregon. His other active credentials include Certified Information Technology Professional, Certified Internal Auditor, and Certified Fraud Examiner.

Along with his government internal auditing experience, Dr. Hughes served as the Director of Internal Audit for both California Institute of Technology and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) where he wrote the instructional tool for Internal Controls and Risk Assessment. At the Oregon State System of Higher Education, Dr. Hughes served as Chairperson for the Association of College and University Auditors’ Quality Assurance Committee and authored and assisted in the development of the Quality Assurance Review Handbook. In his private sector experience, Dr. Hughes was the Corporate Manager of General Accounting for Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) and Senior Auditor at Arthur Anderson.

In addition to his current position as Director of Internal Audit for the County of Orange, Dr. Hughes develops instructional tools in the field of internal auditing and speaks at professional conferences.